2012 European Curling Championships

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2012 European Curling Championships
2012 European Curling Championships
Host city Karlstad, Sweden
Arena Löfbergs Lila Arena
Karlstad Curling Club
Dates December 7–15
Men's winner  Sweden
Skip Niklas Edin
Third Sebastian Kraupp
Second Fredrik Lindberg
Lead Viktor Kjäll
Alternate Oskar Eriksson
Finalist  Norway (Thomas Ulsrud)
Women's winner  Russia
Skip Anna Sidorova
Third Liudmila Privivkova
Second Margarita Fomina
Lead Ekaterina Galkina
Alternate Nkeiruka Ezekh
Finalist  Scotland (Eve Muirhead)
2012 European Curling Championships
Tournament
men Group A   Group B   Group C
women Group A   Group B   Group C

The 2012 European Curling Championships was held from December 7 to 15 at the Löfbergs Lila Arena and the Karlstad Curling Club in Karlstad, Sweden.[1][2][3] The Group A competitions was held at the Löfbergs Lila Arena, while the Group B competitions was held at the Karlstad Curling Club.[1] The 2012 European Curling Championships marked the fourth time that Sweden hosted the European Curling Championships.[1][4] The Group C competitions were held from October 5 to 10 in Erzurum, Turkey.[5]

Russia's Anna Sidorova, last year's runner-up, won the gold medal in the women's tournament after defeating last year's champions Scotland, skipped by Eve Muirhead, in the final in an extra end. Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson won the bronze medal over Denmark's Lene Nielsen. In the men's tournament, Sweden's Niklas Edin won their second title by defeating two-time consecutive champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway. Jiří Snítil of the Czech Republic improved on his record at the European Championships by winning the bronze medal over last year's bronze medalists Denmark, skipped by Rasmus Stjerne.

A total of eight men's and seven women's teams qualified for the 2013 World Curling Championships. On the men's side, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Scotland, and Finland (who defeated France in the World Challenge Games), qualified for the 2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. On the women's side, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Germany qualified for the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship and joined hosts Latvia in competition.

Men[edit]

Group A[edit]

The Group A competitions was contested in Karlstad. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from last year's Group B competitions (Hungary and Russia), competed in a round robin. The top four teams in the round robin moved on to the playoffs. In the page playoffs, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic, and Norway edged past Denmark. Norway then secured a close win over the Czech Republic, and the Czechs moved to the bronze medal game, where they defeated Denmark in a rematch of last year's bronze medal game.[6] Sweden then defeated Norway in the gold medal game with a final score of 8–5 after hitting to win the game in the tenth end.[7]

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2013 Group B
Country Skip W L
 Sweden Niklas Edin 8 1
 Czech Republic Jiří Snítil 7 2
 Norway Thomas Ulsrud 6 3
 Denmark Rasmus Stjerne 6 3
 Russia Andrey Drozdov 5 4
  Switzerland Sven Michel 5 4
 Scotland Tom Brewster 4 5
 France Thomas Dufour 3 6
 Germany Andy Lang 1 8
 Hungary György Nagy 0 9

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
1   Sweden 9  
2   Czech Republic 3         1   Sweden 8
      2   Czech Republic 4   3   Norway 5
  3   Norway 6  
3   Norway 6
4   Denmark 5  
Bronze Medal Game
     
2  Czech Republic 12
4  Denmark 4
Bronze Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 20:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Czech Republic (Snítil) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 0 3 0 3 3 X X 12
 Denmark (Stjerne) 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X X 4
Player percentages
 Czech Republic  Denmark
Jindřich Kitzberger 88% Troels Harry 95%
Jakub Bareš 89% Mikkel Poulsen 85%
Martin Snítil 80% Johnny Frederiksen 86%
Jiří Snítil 82% Rasmus Stjerne 73%
Total 85% Total 85%
Gold Medal Game[edit]

Saturday, December 15, 15:00

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Edin) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 8
 Norway (Ulsrud) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5
Player percentages
 Sweden  Norway
Viktor Kjäll 78% Håvard Vad Petersson 73%
Fredrik Lindberg 77% Christoffer Svae 78%
Sebastian Kraupp 87% Torger Nergård 76%
Niklas Edin 90% Thomas Ulsrud 65%
Total 83% Total 73%

Group B[edit]

The Group B competitions were contested in Karlstad. Sixteen teams, including the teams advancing from the same year's Group C competitions (Turkey and Croatia), competed in a two group round robin. The top four teams in the round robin moved on to the playoffs. Latvia, the leader of the Blue Group, defeated Finland, the leader of the Red Group, and advanced to the final, while the Netherlands, the second-ranked team in the Blue Group, defeated England, the runner-up of the Red Group, and advanced to the semifinal. Finland defeated the Netherlands in the semifinal and moved on to the gold medal game, where they defeated Latvia to win the Group B competitions. The Netherlands defeated England in the bronze medal game.

Finland and Latvia advanced to the 2013 Group A competitions, and Finland played France in the World Challenge Games, where Finland defeated France in a best-of-three series to win the final berth at the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship. Wales and Ireland were relegated to the 2013 Group C competitions.

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Teams to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2013 Group C
Red Group Skip W L
 Finland Aku Kauste 6 1
 England Alan MacDougall 5 2
 Italy Fabio Sola 5 2
 Estonia Martin Lill 4 3
 Spain Antonio de Mollinedo 3 4
 Turkey Alican Karataş 2 5
 Slovakia Pavol Pitoňák 2 5
 Wales Adrian Meikle 1 6
Blue Group Skip W L
 Latvia Ritvars Gulbis 6 1
 Netherlands Jaap van Dorp 6 1
 Croatia Alen Cadez 4 3
 Belgium Marc Suter 4 3
 Poland Tomasz Zioło 3 4
 Austria Andreas Unterberger 2 5
 Lithuania Tadas Vyskupaitis 2 5
 Ireland Alan Mitchell 1 6

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
R1   Finland 5  
B1   Latvia 6         B1   Latvia 4
      R1   Finland 7   R1   Finland 7
  B2   Netherlands 4  
R2   England 4
B2   Netherlands 7  
Bronze Medal Game
     
B2  Netherlands 10
R2  England 5
Bronze Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 13:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Netherlands (van Dorp) 0 2 0 3 0 0 3 2 X X 10
 England (MacDougall) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 X X 5
Gold Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 13:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Latvia (Gulbis) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 4
 Finland (Kauste) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 X 7

Group C[edit]

The Group C competitions were contested in Erzurum, where the 2012 European Mixed Curling Championship was also held. Seven men's teams competed for two berths to the Group B competitions, which were held in Karlstad. The teams played in a round robin, and at its conclusion, the top four teams advanced to the playoffs, which were held in a format similar to that of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship qualification events. Turkey advanced to the Group B competitions after winning the first semifinal game, and Croatia advanced to the Group B competition after winning the second place game.

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings[8]

Key
Teams to Playoffs
Teams to Tiebreaker
Country Skip W L
 Croatia Alen Cadez 6 0
 Turkey Muhammet Oǧuz Zengin 5 1
 Belarus Dmitry Kirillov 4 2
 Slovenia Zvone Sever 2 4
 Iceland Jens Gislason 2 4
 Romania Bogdan Taut 1 5
 Luxembourg Jörg Moeser 1 5

Playoffs[edit]

  Second Place Game Semifinals
                 
    1   Croatia 3
      2   Turkey 4
1   Croatia 9  
4   Slovenia 2
  3   Belarus 5
    4   Slovenia 6


Women[edit]

Group A[edit]

The Group A competitions were contested in Karlstad. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from last year's Group B competitions (Finland and Hungary), competed in a round robin. The top four teams in the round robin moved on to the playoffs. In the page playoffs, Scotland defeated Sweden, and Russia edged Denmark.[9] Russia then stole the win against Sweden in the semifinal in an extra end,[6] and advanced to the final, where they won with a score of 6–5 in an extra end over Scotland. Sweden defeated Denmark in the bronze medal game with a score of 9–3.[10]

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2013 Group B
Country Skip W L
 Sweden Margaretha Sigfridsson 7 2
 Scotland Eve Muirhead 7 2
 Russia Anna Sidorova 7 2
 Denmark Lene Nielsen 6 3
  Switzerland Mirjam Ott 6 3
 Italy Diana Gaspari 4 5
 Germany Andrea Schöpp 3 6
 Czech Republic Linda Klímová 3 6
 Finland Anne Malmi 1 8
 Hungary Ildikó Szekeres 1 8

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Final
                           
1   Sweden 3  
2   Scotland 9         2   Scotland 5
      1   Sweden 6   3   Russia 6
  3   Russia 8  
3   Russia 7
4   Denmark 6  
Bronze Medal Game
     
1  Sweden 9
4  Denmark 3
Bronze Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 20:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Sigfridsson) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 1 X X 9
 Denmark (Nielsen) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 X X 3
Player percentages
 Sweden  Denmark
Margaretha Sigfridsson 78% Maria Poulsen 84%
Maria Wennerström 86% Jeanne Ellegaard 80%
Christina Bertrup 93% Helle Simonsen 76%
Maria Prytz 93% Lene Nielsen 63%
Total 87% Total 76%
Gold Medal Game[edit]

Saturday, December 15, 10:00

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Scotland (Muirhead) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5
 Russia (Sidorova) 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 6
Player percentages
 Scotland  Russia
Claire Hamilton 82% Ekaterina Galkina 81%
Vicki Adams 78% Margarita Fomina 86%
Anna Sloan 79% Liudmila Privivkova 81%
Eve Muirhead 85% Anna Sidorova 77%
Total 81% Total 81%

Group B[edit]

The Group B competitions were contested in Karlstad. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from the same year's Group C competitions (Belarus and Turkey), competed in a round robin. The top four teams in the round robin moved on to the playoffs. In the page playoffs, undefeated Norway defeated Estonia, and Latvia defeated Austria. Latvia swept Estonia in the semifinal in nine ends, sending Estonia to play Austria for the bronze medal. Latvia defeated Norway to win the Group B competitions with a score of 7–3, and Austria recorded a win over Estonia in the bronze medal game.

Latvia and Norway advanced to the 2013 Group A competitions, and Belarus and Slovakia were relegated to the 2013 Group C competitions.

Round Robin Results[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Teams to Playoffs
Countries relegated to 2013 Group C
Country Skip W L
 Norway Linn Githmark 9 0
 Estonia Maile Mölder 7 2
 Latvia Iveta Staša-Šaršūne 6 3
 Austria Karina Toth 5 4
 Turkey Elif Kızılkaya 4 5
 Poland Elzbieta Ran 4 5
 England Fiona Hawker 3 6
 Spain Irantzu García 3 6
 Belarus Ekaterina Kirillova 2 7
 Slovakia Daniela Matulová 2 7

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
1   Norway 10  
2   Estonia 5         1   Norway 4
      2   Estonia 3   3   Latvia 7
  3   Latvia 9  
3   Latvia 9
4   Austria 4  
Bronze Medal Game
     
2  Estonia 5
4  Austria 8
Bronze Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 13:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Estonia (Mölder) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 X 5
 Austria (Toth) 2 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 X 8
Gold Medal Game[edit]

Friday, December 14, 13:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Norway (Githmark) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 4
 Latvia (Staša-Šaršūne) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 X 7

Group C[edit]

The Group C competitions were contested in Erzurum, where the 2012 European Mixed Curling Championship was also held. Six women's teams competed for two berths to the Group B competitions, which were held in Karlstad. The teams played in a round robin, and at its conclusion, the top four teams advanced to the playoffs, which were held in a format similar to that of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship qualification events. Belarus advanced to the Group B competitions after winning the first semifinal game, and Turkey advanced to the Group B competition after winning the second place game.

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings[8]

Key
Teams to Playoffs
Country Skip W L
 Turkey Öznur Polat 5 0
 Belarus Ekaterina Kirillova 3 2
 Netherlands Marianne Neeleman 3 2
 Croatia Melani Lusic 2 3
 Romania Daiana Raluca Colceriu 1 4
 Slovenia Valentina Jurincic 1 4

Playoffs[edit]

  Second Place Game Semifinals
                 
    1   Turkey 6
      2   Belarus 10
1   Turkey 8  
3   Netherlands 4
  3   Netherlands 11
    4   Croatia 3


References[edit]

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